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Gun-Toting Masculinities: Changing the Conversation in the Wake of Terror

April 25, 2013

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On a story lost in the busyness of last week’s news out of Boston: Each senator, when he or she voted on April 17th’s gun control bill, had the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy in mind. With family members of those who died in the shooting lobbying congress in the days and weeks before […]

A Phallic Failure

July 22, 2012

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Conservative biblical scholar Mike Bird recently blogged a response to Doug Wilson’s quote on sexuality (written in a book thirteen years ago and cited recently by Jared Wilson): When we quarrel with the way the world is, we find that the world has ways of getting back at us. In other words, however we try, the […]

David, Contraception, and the “Defenders” of “Religious Liberty”

June 20, 2012

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When the Lectionary takes up the beloved story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49) this Sunday, many preachers will be sermonizing on a narrative with themes that have been embraced and reframed over and over again in American culture. Indeed, many of our nation’s favorite cultural tales favor the “little guy” […]

“A House Divided” in Catholic Bishops’ Masculinities (cf. Mark 3:19-27)

June 6, 2012

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A few weeks ago a group of three former Catholic priests sent a letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune stating their opposition to the upcoming constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. And, while it received substantial news coverage, I found the response from the Archdiocese of St. Paul more significant insofar as it assumed a sort of […]

Pentecost Reminds Us that White Men Are a Demographic…and They’re Not Happy about It

May 30, 2012

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The Census Bureau recently reported that in 2011 a majority of children born were non-white. Actually, in the words of a Census Bureau employee, “2011 is the first time the population of infants under age 1 is majority minority.” This news has been met with both fear and celebration, yet the way in which the […]

Why are Influential Men Afraid of Marriage Equality? “Because Their Marriages Don’t Exist,” Says Genesis 2 (paraphrase)

May 22, 2012

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Perhaps its because they have something to hide? Earlier this month, following North Carolina’s successful passing of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a Raleigh pastor lauded his state for taking a stand in support of “a biblical model of marriage.” Of course, this language is not new to this debate and raises the question, […]

Property, BMW’s, and John 17: Masculinities and Ownership (part 2)

May 17, 2012

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In my previous post I discussed issues of ownership in masculinities. The excerpt from Michael Ian Black’s book aided my discussion of some ways in which gender identity is constructed by ownership of things. Broadly, I presented ownership as a relationship in which the owner is defined both by the type of possession and the way in […]